re: Poker & advise on SNGs
there are a whole host of reasons you could be bubbling often.
- are you overly loose with a big stack? do you get into too many hands with other big stacks shorthanded? put pressure on the smaller stacks or just sit on your chips for a while if the hands and situations don't come.
- are you playing too tight and getting blinded down to <5bb before making a move? between 5 and 10bbs you can shove pretty much anything from the SB if folded to and a wide range of hands from the button too. if you're folding too much in these spots you're risking dropping below 5bbs and losing any fold equity your shoves have (because shoves for <5bbs are giving people, especially the BB, good pot odds
- are you calling too loosely on the bubble? if there's any doubt in your mind about a call or fold bubble decision, the vast majority of the time folding is correct unless youre some kind of ubernit.
- once blinds hit 50/100 (given the standard Stars/FT structure of 1500 starting chips) it's invariably never correct to limp, so don't do it. once they're 100/200 with an ante i'd go so far as saying you should never limp ever unless you're SB in a multiway pot with a nice speculative hand